Chalkboard Nails Grunge Look

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Happy Sunday polished world!  I hope you all have a fantastic day planned!  My Sunday's are rather lazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Especially now that it's gotten super cold here the last few days, I really enjoy spending time all warm and cozy in my house.  Sure, winter can be "blah" sometimes, but something about lazy Sundays make winter not as "blah".

Today's manicure is definitely not "Blah" in my opinion!  If you follow the amazing Chalkboard Nails, then I'm sure you have seen her awesome tutorial for distressed punky/grunge nails.  I really wanted to recreate the look right away, but since it was around Thanksgiving time when she posted the tutorial, I had to put them on the back burner since I had Thanksgiving designs planned.  Then, of course, I ended up getting sick, and I took a break from painting my nails all together.  When I went back to painting, I went right into doing Christmas designs.

So of course, on December 26th, I took off my glitter Christmas nails and got to painting.  I looooved how they turned out!  Let's take a look!

Colors Used:

  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht Too Handle & That's Shore Bright
  • INM - Bikini
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
Awesome, right?  I can't wait to do this design with other colors because it was so easy.  I recommend watching Sarah's video that I linked before the pictures because I'm sure my explanation that is about to follow is going to make no sense and it personally helped me to watch the technique.

I started of with a base coat of white polish.  When my white was dry, I took INM - Bikini and took basically all the polish off the brush like Sarah said.  I then swiped a few random spots on the nail.  I did the same thing then with Too Yacht Too Handle.  I decided to just try to fill in the white space and tried my best to not get it on the pink.  I then filled in the empty white space with That's Shore Bright.  Finally, with my black polish I lightly swiped over all the colors.  This part to me was the trickiest because I didn't want to have my nail overpowered with the black.  I really wanted the colors to show through.

Looking back at Sarah's nails and my attempt, I really like both looks.  You can see that her's really don't show any of the white base, where mine there was quite a lot.  I think the next time I do it, I'll try to be more generous with the colors.  I honestly was scared that they were all going to bleed into one another and leave some really funky ugly color.

In the end though, it's a super fun look that is really easy to achieve but looks like it took forever.  Since you use barely any polish to get the color, the dry time is super fast!

What do you think?  Have you tried the grunge look before? 

I am off to enjoy my lazy Sunday!

Until next time, <3.

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